I have been working on a few various techniques and had a question
for all of you. I was never trained to “azure” the back of any
pieces beyond simply drilling and beveling holes for ease of
cleaning and such. Now, however, I’ve decided that their additional
ornamentation is a worthwhile endeavor for a number of pieces. The
problem I am having however is deciding when to azure the back and
when not to. Mostly, I’ve notice a real lack of azures on the back
of many high-end rings where the shank is encrusted in pave or the
ring contains a halo. Is this considered the norm? If so, why? Is it
due to structural concerns regarding the fragile framework that
would be left following the combination of micro-pave and azures? Or
better yet, is there some sort of industry “guideline” or ballpark
as to when this technique is done and when it is not?
Thank you very much for any advice you can offer!
Erich C. Shoemaker